Ian Siegal made a welcome return to the Cluny in Newcastle in support of his latest live album release.

Siegal brought his extremely talented band, known as the Rhythm Chiefs, featuring Dusty Ciggaar (guitar), Raphael Schwiddessen (drums), and Danny Van’t Hoff (bass). Ian’s well balanced two-hour set featured materials from his latest offering One Night In Amsterdam along with some old favorites.

Siegal opened the show with a tremendous rendition of “Writing On The Wall” by Harry Stephenson, before launching into the rather funky “Brandy Balloon.” Ian and Dusty played off each other really well, and this was particularly noticeable during “I Am The Train,” a superb solo from Ciggaar leaving the audience cheering.

Throughout the set, Ian Siegal played a diverse range of songs including Prince’s “get off,” a nice and bluesy rendition of “Revelator (John The Apostle)” and a cover of Tom Russell’s “Gallo Del Cielo” featuring a blistering solo from Ciggaar. Ian also paid tribute to Robert Balfour who sadly passed away recently, he reminisced of time spent in Mississippi before launching into some dirty blue in the shape of “She Got The Devil In Her.”

The beautiful “Early Grace” had the crowd mesmerized, with the stunning slide guitar played by Siegal. The epic “Falling On Down” from Ian’s 2005 album Meat and Potatoes was a stand out moment in the set, resulting in rapturous applause from the audience.

Ian’s band The Rhythm Chiefs have been together for over a decade. They also got their moment to shine during an interlude in the set when Ian left the stage to allow them to play some superb instrumental Rhythm and Blues.

Siegal closed his main set with “Queen of the Junior Prom,” leaving the audience wanting more. The pleading-for-more crowd obliged the band returned to the stage to close out the evening with a cover of Eric Von Schmidt’s “Baby Let Me Follow You Down” and “Take A Walk In The Wilderness.”

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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